- Electronic Smoking Devices
Electronic Smoking Devices
What is Vaping?
- Vaping is using any form of electronic smoking device to deliver nicotine through the lungs.
- Vaping does not produce smoke like its combustible counterpart. Electronic smoking devices produce an aerosol that contains nicotine, flavoring, and other chemicals.
- Also known as e-cigs, mods, e-hookahs, JUULS (pronounced as “jewels”), or simply “vapes”, electronic smoking devices are all used to orally inhale liquid (often flavored) nicotine.
- Vapes are the most commonly used nicotine delivery product used by youth
- In 2016, 2 million middle and High school students had used vaped within the last 30 days
- In 2015, 11.6% of adult e-cigarette users were not regular (combustible) cigarette smokers and had picked up smoking with e-cigarettes
- In 2015, 40% of 18-24 year old e-cigarette users had never smoked prior to picking up e-cigarettes.
- A 2015/16 California Healthy Kids Survey found that 58% of Solano County 11thGraders found it “Very or Fairly easy to get e-cigs/vaping devices” and that only 63% of 11thGraders perceived e-cigs/vaping to be harmful.
- There are over 15,500 different flavors of liquid nicotine flavors. Flavors appeal to youth and grab their attention using kid-friendly advertising/packaging.
Is vaping bad for you?
- Vaping delivers nicotine to your lungs just like traditional cigarettes without the use of combustion so it carries similar health risks.
- Nicotine (in any form or delivery method) is toxic and highly addictive.
- Almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine – including many that claim they are nicotine free.
- Second hand smoke from e-cigarettes is harmful to anyone nearby.
- Although less, vape aerosol still contains toxic and other cancer-causing chemicals. Many popular bands of vapes have been linked to heavy metal poisoning which is especially dangerous for fetuses and developing brains of young children.
- Vaping has also been associated with an increased risk to Cardio Vascular Disease (due to nicotine), promotion of tumor growth, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
- On a number of occasions, defective vape pens have exploded, causing chemical and heat burns.
What do vaping devices look like?
- Vape devices come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes that can often be difficult to identify. JUULS look like USB flash drives while other brands can look like anything from a regular cigarette/cigar to a smoking pipe, an everyday pen, or a battery charger for your smart phone.
How do I talk my kids about vaping?
- Talk to your kids regularly so that they feel comfortable talking to you about vaping and e-cigarette usage at their school.
- Stay positive. Being overly accusatory will not get your kids to open up to you.
- Stay involved. Your children’s teachers and principals can often be a good resource in finding out how many children vape at their school
- Listen to your children. They may have been trying to tell you something important.